If you’re a bit of a wine-buff, Mother Vine is the place for you. This little bar in the back streets of the cosy East End is all about wine, welcoming everyone from amateurs to aficionados through its doors.
Named after a Burgundy-style pinot noir, Mother Vine is the passion project of four wine enthusiasts who share an impressive history in the wine industry.
Boasting an impressive array of vino, predominantly a mix of South Australian and European, the extensive wine list is cleverly curated and you can order by the taste (half glass), by the glass, or by the bottle. Whether you go for a local Shaw + Smith Sauvignon Blanc, an Italian Pinot Grigio or a French Cinsault, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a drop you’re not fond of.
Simply can’t decide? The Options Flight offers three wines, poured blind. Hot tip: pop in on a Saturday arvo and speak to Trevor. We hear he has a wealth of wine knowledge.
Of course, each glass is made immeasurably more enjoyable when paired with a dish from the delicious menu, led by Head Chef, Adrian Bernardi. There are European-style small tapas, including grilled halloumi with lemon and herbs, chorizo with Sicilian olives and almonds or chicken liver pâté with Pedro Ximenez jelly. Larger share plates cover everything from chicken meatballs to gin-cured salmon and spiced lamb ribs.
For a selection of Mother Vine’s best, you can’t go past the aptly named Motherboard – a selection of charcuterie, cheese, spiced nuts, house-marinated olives, pickles, lavosh and sourdough. Oh, and did we mention the vanilla bean pannacotta with salted caramel and popcorn?
Mother Vine’s setting is cosy yet stylish; ideal for a ‘wine-down’ at the end of a busy day or for a long celebration into the night. The slick interior is warm and well lit, offering plenty of places to sit back and while away a few hours.
Thanks to friendly, knowledgeable staff, great food and a catalogue of worldly wines, Mother Vine helps to open up the oft-wanky world of wine to a wide range of drinkers, one glass at a time.